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Appeal to Reason

Rise Against

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In the more intense moments of their fifth studio album (and first with guitarist Zach Blair), Rise Against contrast angry, outraged lyrics with the kind of melodic hardcore that can appeal to both mainstream music fans and those who champion the underground. Appeal To Reason ignites with "Collapse (Post-Amerika)", a fist-pumping, high-energy anthem railing against the George W. Bush administration's occupation in Iraq. You can envision the veins pulsing in the forehead of frontman Tim McIlrath as he furiously sings, "This is cardiac arrest/ Of a world too proud to admit our mistakes". In the driving "Long Forgotten Sons" McIlrath pleas for kids to eschew the trappings of apathy, "We'll never fall if we stand for something". Things get post-apocalyptic and huge with the towering "Re-Education (Through Labor)" as he sings about a not-too-distant future where Americans are forced to live like parasites, feeding off scraps of the powerful. In the spirit of protest folk "Hero Of War" is a gripping acoustic narrative that paints torturous and murderous imagery of soldiers committing war crimes. "Audience Of One" is the album's deviation – a catchy, power-balladeering serenade that stands apart from the melodious angst.

Customer Reviews

Rise Against Rock, Period

Rise against being my favourite band, have yet again altered their style and everytime they do I love them even more This album is WORTH your money anyone with a taste in punk, rock, alternative should seriously check this album out I've waited 2 years since the sufferer and the witness and this is just perfect! Heroes of war - the acoustic song on the album is fantastic, it has such a powerful moral behind it whilst being good enough to keep up with the standard rise against previously set with "swing life away" some of the songs on this album sound similar to the older rise against we know, this is nearer the middle of the album yet at the beggining and near the end the sound is that of the sufferer and the witness style alternative music but adapted further before than previously done again I seriosuly suggest you buy this!


Good old apple doesnt know head or tails of alot of stuff but cmon who cannot love a company who releases an albumn in the uk a day before the americans, even when it is an american group, and its not meant to come out in the uk till the 18th of october but here i amn 12 earlier THANK YOU


An epic album. A good mix of deep meanings, fantastic melodys and catchy tunes which you will be aching to put as your next ringtone. This album is brilliant to me because it seems to contain all elements that i personaly consider to make a good selection of songs. I'm fairly new on the Rise Against bandwagon, converting after seeing them in guitar hero 3, and i just can't understand how i did not hear of them before then. hopefully this album will put them on the map even more with such awesome tracks as Re-Education (Through Labor). For unsure buyers, i suggest buying that song alone so you can get an understanding on what your investing your £7 on. Overall, great album to which im sure will have a few of its tracks appearing in my 'Top 50 played'.


Formed: 1999 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Chicago's Rise Against began in 1999 when ex-88 Fingers Louie bassist Joe Principe tapped area vocalist Tim McIlrath for a new project rooted in the sound and social vision of traditionalist hardcore. Joined by fellow 88 Fingers vet Dan Precision on guitar and, eventually, drummer Brandon Barnes, Rise Against signed to Fat Wreck and issued The Unraveling in 2001. Precision left the band that same year to be replaced by Todd Mohney. Extensive touring followed, leading to their sophomore outing, 2002's...
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